A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and related experience.
The Environment and Policy Lab within the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology examines the role of the built environment and policy on physical activity behavior and chronic disease outcomes in children and adults. This includes the examination of built and social environment (BSE) characteristics including, but not limited to, community walkability, food access, racial residential segregation, neighborhood socioeconomic status, crime, park availability, street connectivity, and social networks. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and the Lab Manager, the Research Project Assistant will assist with study coordination activities and research lab functions, and manage the process of conducting Google Earth audits for a large NIH-funded study.
The key responsibilities of the Research Project Assistant are as follows:
(E) (60%) Assist the Lab Manager with performing and overseeing data collection via Google Earth audits, including, but not limited to the following activities:
Developing and modifying protocols for collecting BSE data using Google Earth and REDCap (includes audit data entry, database management, and basic data analysis)
Training and overseeing research assistants (undergraduate and master’s-level students) in conducting Google Earth audits, using REDCap software, and following all research protocols and procedures to ensure standardization in audit methodology and safeguarding of participant confidentiality and privacy
Responding to research assistant questions regarding audits in a timely manner and reporting any system/data errors and/or problems to the Lab Manager
Developing and documenting procedures for performing consistent and thorough quality control checks as a whole and across auditors, including the generation of periodic reports to monitor audit processes
Keeping accurate and timely documentation of Google Earth data collection activities
Performing data collection/conducting audits, as needed
Assisting research assistants (UROP students) in developing research questions, composing project abstracts, and presenting project data in academic posters
(E) (35%) Assist the Lab Manager with a variety of research project management activities, including, but not limited to:
Assisting with coordination and facilitation of research team activities, meetings, timelines, and progress
Scheduling project meetings, creating detailed project meeting agendas, prepping project meeting materials, attending project meetings, taking detailed and accurate minutes during project meetings, and completing other miscellaneous grant-related tasks
Assisting with keeping up-to-date study documentation across multiple, large research projects (e.g. documenting processes, methodologies, and decisions)
Maintaining documentation and tracking related to the various stages of manuscript and abstract development and publication
Assisting with maintaining documentation related to study data use agreements, IRB applications, and project software
(5%) Perform other duties as needed, including, but not limited to:
Independently conducting literature reviews of peer-review literature
Conducting web searchers and synthesizing information
Proof-reading of documentation, scholarly papers, etc.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Public Health, Kinesiology, or other relevant field
1-2 years of related experience in data collection, conducting research, or research project coordination
A successful candidate will be methodical, have meticulous attention to detail, possess a high level of professionalism, and have strong writing skills
Must be able to work independently, prioritize tasks, and manage competing deadlines
Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and strong interpersonal skills
Experience in maintaining compliance with data protocols, data protections, and regulatory requirements (IRB)
Knowledge and experience working with REDCap database software and Stata
Prior leadership experience in training and/or managing others
This is a 1-year term limited position with the potential to extend based on success in the role and availability of funding.
The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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